Samsung's Secure Folder is now available for Galaxy S7/S7 edge


Samsung's Secure Folder is an excellent tool for creating a private and secure space to store files that you don't want accessible from anywhere else on your device. All data that you move to Secure Folder, including photos, text documents, apps, messages, and everything else, is sandboxed separately from the other data on your device and safely backed up only for you to access. Apart from the hardened layer of protection, Secure Folder also allows you to use separate accounts for apps that otherwise associate only one account per device, such as WhatsApp. In short, it's pretty great, but it was available only on the Galaxy Note 7 until now.

Secure Folder was introduced with the ill-fated Note 7 last year, but Samsung shortly promised that it will be made available on other devices as well. In keeping with its word, the company earlier today released Secure Folder on both the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. The service is currently supported on S7 phones running Android 7.0 Nougat, but according to the Korean tech-giant, it will eventually find its way to “additional devices” soon. This likely means that the app will eventually gains support for Samsung phones running older versions of Android as well.

If Nougat has already graced your Galaxy S7/S7 edge, you can get Secure Folder on Galaxy Apps right now.

source: Samsung

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16 Comments

1. JocularJ

Posts: 221; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

How is this any different than Samsung Knox that has been available for years?

2. notfair

Posts: 721; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

And yet no nougat or any security updates since December. S7edge ubranded/carrier free stock rom. Thank you sammy. I really hope G6 will have a decent battery so I can finally move from the apple of android. (i bet i am wrong with this because at least apple supports their phones for at least 3 years.)

3. willard12 unregistered

Does Apple have secure folder too? If not, please explain you definition of "support" in regards to what's in this article.

4. mikehunta727 unregistered

Deflecting because Android Nougat is 6-7x easier to crack over iOS 10...Why? It was pretty clear what notfair said, S7 and S7 Edge got a outdated version of Nougat (7.1.1 is latest, S7/S7 Edge wont see 7.1.1 till probably after the summer which is a big shame)

5. willard12 unregistered

1. Channeling the discussion away from the subject "Samsung's Secure Folder" is deflecting. 2. Knox encryption is not easier to crack. 3. Unless you are actually willing to discuss the value added to ios running whatever the latest change log actually means, then don't describe something as a shame. What, specifically, is the shame? Does the latest and greatest version of ios that is apparently updated every 10 minutes feature a secure folder? 4. Notfair's concern about going the entire month of January without a security patch may be a valid criticism if there was indeed a new threat that needed to be patched. But, other than a security updates, which normally are released monthly anyway, what are the benefits of running Nougat that are not available in Marshmallow that will have owners and OEMs feeling a sense of shame? What is so important that a user has to have it NOW, damnet? And, does ios have these benefits? If not, what the hell are the benefits of running the latest and greatest version of an OS without the latest and greatest features available to 82% of other consumers. 5. When ios updates 3 year old phones, do those 3 year old phones get the features of that latest and greatest version? Or, is it just an update to the change log that will lead to an increased chance of the device being bricked? 6. The fact is, Apple has done a great job of making carriers yield to them. In fact, Apple even gets carriers to pay for their iphone ads, which the EU cracked down on. But, aside from winning app opening races, Apple's ability to control their update timeline is the only card Apple has to play. And people are determined to over-value that card and they never point out to the real benefits of it, especially since security updates are coming every 1 -2 months regardless.

6. mikehunta727 unregistered

You literally started taking about Apple when OP only mentioned it once, that is you deflecting, not me. Nougat is much easier to crack over iOS 10, and Knox isn't as secure either, still sits on Nougat. Apple gives older devices most of the features in updates and all the benefits of security updates while 98% of Android users have to wait months to get a already outdated version of Android. S7 and Edge are just now receiving 7.0 when 7.1.1 has been out for a while now. "Increased chance of being bricked" stats from BTG show iOS has been more reliable and stable for years over Android, only Android in the past 2 quarters has finally surpassed iOS in this regard and the only reason why Android for the first time ever in 2016 finally caught up was because of the influx of touch diseased iPhone 6's. Latest and greatest features hit every compatible iOS device besides one that require hardware (like telephoto lens in the 7 plus, etc) so your just talking out your ass here and are once again trying to put up a failed argument for devices on Android getting outdated patches I just dismantled your essay so easily

8. willard12 unregistered

"Latest and greatest features hit every compatible ios device" ----Like Siri on the iphone 4 when the 4s came out, though it was more than capable. And that is only 1 example. - Lie "Knox isn't secure either, still sits on Nougat" ---So, you are complaining about an update not being released and arguing that releasing an update makes a device less secure. "Ios has been more reliable than Android for years....Android just caught up in 2016"--- Well, who has been crashing apps more for years leading up to 2016?http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2455622,00.asphttps://www.engadget.com/2012/02/05/study-ios-apps-crash-more-than-android-apps-do/ Does the latest and greatest version of ios (10.3.x) have more features than Android M, L,..heck, even Kit Kat? No, but at least it's the latest, right. I asked for features and benefits, you named none. My mistake was believing you would bring facts to a debate. You lie so easily.

10. mikehunta727 unregistered

You literally are talking about one instance over 6 years ago, you just sound so absurd it's hilarious, funny how you didn't bring up anything even remotely relevant cause you know it's true. ("Knox isn't secure either, still sits on Nougat" ---So, you are complaining about an update not being released and arguing that releasing an update makes a device less secure.) Um.. what? This doesn't even make any sense, I never ever said that releasing a update makes a device less secure lol wtf...? I said that getting updates as soon as possible is very important and crucial to security, you mentioned "Knox encryption isn't easier to hack" when it doesn't matter how tough Knox can be if the kernel it sits on itself is vulnerable(Nougat in this case, being on 7.0 as opposed to 7.1.1, taking months to almost a year to deliver OS updates and not just monthly security patches which does not address every security vulnerability found, OS itself must be upgraded too) This is the defitiniton of someone with no argument at all, you just make up s**t now that I never said, I literally said that updates ARE very important and it is crucial when they get delivered, TF are you yappin about trying to make your self sound even somewhat intelligent lol... Blancco Tech Group, which adds up all failures/etc, has years of data where it has iOS leading Android all these years up until 2016 Here's their PDF, in their own words from Q2 2016 http://download.blancco.com/download/state-of-mobile-device-performance-and-health-trend-report-q2-2016.pdf?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWm1Sak5Ea3lNRE00T1dNNCIsInQiOiJlRVhWMUE4NlBROTRMd211aG03cGhsMk9Ed1daS0VyS2Q3bVwva282MDhYM3VxaG1EQThGbmJ1NG1ybGtsSUgyYWtZUStHM0ZuT1BvKzhtOEtHczJnaGh2K1dXam1tR3h1QWVpV1VnMG9makU9In0%3D "It is also the first time since we have been analyzing quarterly diagnostics testing data that iOS device performance fared worse than Android." Nougat crashes more then iOS 10 https://www.forbes.com/sites/shelbycarpenter/2016/09/27/android-nougat-more-network-crashes-ios-10/#6eb896ae6c37 It's arguable which has more features, both OS'es are jam packed with a lot of features, you were the one who made a absurd claim that iOS devices don't get latest features from updates and cite a 7 year old example that hasn't occurred since then, talk about ultimate deflection to the extreme, I called you out on your dumb fanboy claim that iOS devices don't get features in updates and you didn't even say 1 modern relative example. Everything in iOS 10 patch notes is available to all iOS devices not including hardware specific features ala 7 plus telephoto lens features, etc Stop being a troll fandroid, it is clear you don't even know what your talking about and can't bring anything even relevant or modern in our conversation, you sir just got called out on your posts, and couldn't back it up. Learn from this

13. willard12 unregistered

- When did iOS get split screen capability? Is the iPhone 7 running split screen, because it's more than capable with its great processor and all. I'd love to provide you the checklist that comes with every version on iOS. But, you have Google and I don't work for you. Oh, and that's a modern relevant example. - Nougat crashes more than iOS 10- So, you point to the lack of devices running Nougat. In fact, I believe you called Samsung's (the largest Android OEM) "shameful". Yet, you think there is a sufficient sample size to gauge iOS 10 vs. Nougat stability. Okay, genius. You call me a troll, yet you're the one constantly riding my balsak. This is all because billions of people on this planet, iOS users included, don't place the value in ensuring their device is running the latest version of a manufacturer's software as long as their device does what they want it to do and what they paid for it to do. Get over yourself. No one is buying the BS you're trying to sell.

14. mikehunta727 unregistered

I never even reply to your posts, you just spout the same fanboy fandroid wanna be garbage as techie and others are on here, love the fact also you completely ignored BTG's statistics and etc that proves my argument is true, iOS has been more reliable and stable for years and quarters of data show that from BTG You don't realize the fact that only flagships are on Nougat currently and over 60% of iOS devices at the time were already on iOS 10(that'd be over 200 million devices), which have 2-4x less ram and less computing power then the flagships on Nougat at the time yet they found already that Nougat was less stable despite being on much much less devices, it is obvious you don't know much about computers or software development so I'll let you live in your bubble here -No Google Asssistant for Samsung, the largest OEM, no 7.1.1 with improved touch latency performance for another at least 6 months minimum, etc to the kernel, much more I can list off the bat while you still sit on your laurels about the iPhone 4 and 4S with Siri lol..... -No one is riding anything, when you spout garbage, you will get debunked, it is that simple, there is no logical argument as to why people who use devices shouldn't care about getting updates and getting updates in a timely manner, over 800 million people alone last year were victims of cyber crime due to exploits in software/etc, Android 100% included in this. Android found to have 3x more vulnerabilities vs iOS , also had more critical security vulnerabilities found vs iOS last year, CEO of Zermodium (largest blackhat hacking group in the world, who pays up to $1.5 million dollars per iOS exploit vs $200,000 for Android) You literally are claiming that billions of people don't care about updates when that is just absolutely wrong, some may not know the importance of these updates but that doesn't take away how actually important timely updates and security updates are to one's life. You literally are claiming ignorance here and say "oh, well at least it still does what I want it to do despite my cyber life just being completly breached into" via OS vulnerabilties and vice versa please stop trolling now with your awful argument

16. mikehunta727 unregistered

http://www.zdnet.com/article/hackers-are-using-this-android-malware-to-spy-on-israeli-soldiers/ "Over 100 Israeli servicemen - using devices from Samsung, HTC, LG and Huawei - are thought to have been hit so far and almost 9,000 files stolen from compromised devices; but it's likely the IDF isn't the only target." "Hackers are carrying out surveillance on members of the Israeli military by hacking into their Android phones in order to monitor activity and steal data - potentially including photos and audio recordings - according to security companies." Israeli servicemen being targeted by exploits in the OS on the battlefield in a multitude of Android devices because they aren't fully updated and are being breached by known exploits that aren't patched yet still UK banks being attacked by a Android app malware spread botnet that would be preventable and protected against if on latest OS version(exploit uses known exploits in versions) http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/3005343/malware-ridden-android-app-is-behind-a-botnet-targeting-uk-banks Yet you wanna claim ignorance here and think that "oh my device works the way intended and how I got it day 1, it's okay, I don't mind the critical security holes in my OS version that cyber criminals in a ever expanding world of cyber crime and cyber hacking/etc that can potentially ruin my life if I am targeted, its okay, my device still works like day 1" SMH, I know now not to engage in such hilarity next time

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

BAMMMMMM!!!! BOOOOMMMM!!!! Thats how.it needa to be said.

15. mikehunta727 unregistered

Of course one that spouts nonsense will agree with nonsense.

9. Grenmad

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 06, 2014

I just got my Nougat update this morning. I have the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and am on T-Mobile. Its working well so far.

7. MKeditor

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Those of us with SM-G935U are left out of all the good stuff.....including Nougat. Shameful Sammy won't respond.

12. inYOface

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 24, 2017

doenst lock anytging only creates a copy so i can still acess all files and apps

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